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Executive Director, State and Local Government Relations

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 033932
Department Code 31304-7086
Department Government Relations
Job Title Executive Director, State and Local Government Relations
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range Commensurate with Experience
Salary Grade S6
FLSA Status Exempt

Standard University business hours
8:30am -5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

The Executive Director for State & Local Government Relations serves as an advisor to the Senior Leadership of Syracuse University on matters related to city, county and state government relations. S/he assists in maintaining effective communications with local, county and state elected officials, and state organizations focused on higher education and economic development. S/he also assists in maintaining effective government relations in adherence to policy, state laws and regulations and developing a strategic legislative and advocacy agenda.


• Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred
• 5+ years’ experience in a government relations or policy focused role
• Strong network within local, county and state government leadership
• Public government affairs, knowledge of direct lobbying with associations and consultants
• Ability to advocate for laws and regulations during development and implementation, as well as government’s role in adoption and enforcement
CRM system experience is a plus

Job Specific Qualifications

• Must demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills, a professional demeanor, thought leadership, flexibility, and the ability to handle the uncertainties associated with a fast-paced environment
• Leadership and operational experience, including translating strategic imperatives into actionable plans and execution.
• Strong, proven track record of leadership in complex organizations desired.
• Proven ability to measure and evaluate outputs and outcomes at an organizational level.
• Track record of staff development, performance and accountability.
• Strong and proven administrative skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required. Experience with customer relationship management software or enterprise resource planning software highly desired.
• Experience in a position in a client driven environment with diverse responsibilities.
• Exceptional ability to multi-task numerous priorities, all while interacting with stakeholders with a strong positive attitude and disposition.
• Excellent verbal and written communication, including email. Ability to communicate concisely and succinctly as required, while maintaining professional communication and relationships with all stakeholders. Highly responsive to communications from stakeholders, and ability to translate that communication into the required action in response.
• Strong commitment to the mission of Syracuse University.


• Establish a positive, credible and influential presence for Syracuse University within city, county and state government
• Represent and advance Syracuse University’s government relations agenda before elected officials and government decision makers
• Build and maintain relationships with elected officials and government decision makers on behalf of Syracuse University
• Foster a productive relationship between Syracuse University senior leadership and elected officials
• Monitor and track proposed legislation; analyze potential impact on university operations; develop positions thereon; communicate views internally and externally
• Follow all election and lobbying laws and enforce compliance with state and local reporting requirements
• Direct and maintain communication with Syracuse University senior management and internal departments to identify operational issues requiring legislative action
• Direct outside government relations consultants in development and deployment of strategies to influence policy outcomes
• Establish a positive, credible and influential presence for Syracuse University on key associations, as well as local/state public policy and legislative groups
• As needed, work cross-functionally and coordinate activities with Advancement and External Affairs, Schools & Colleges, Marketing & Communications and Facilities.

Physical Requirements

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please submit a cover letter and resume.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Job Posting Date 09/16/2017
Application Deadline
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Job Category Staff
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